Run No. 573 12th August 2002

The Marquis of Granby, Stevenage Old Town

Runners:  22
Mutts:  -
Ankle Biters:  -
Knitting Circle:  -
Apres:  -
Newies/Returnees:  -

With three newies, Andrew, Simon, and Zoran, we took plenty of time to explain the difference between Tees and Bars and the significance of CheckPoints. However no warning was given regarding parallel trails and the tricky loop.

Pecker avec 'orn was magnificent by leading the pack over the school playing fields but somehow they went deaf as he found the correct trail through the underpass and blew to no avail. Much confusion must have reigned as the trail marked by great dobs of flour on every tree across the recreation green seemed to take ages whilst Dead Meat and I took a short cut to join the main trail through 'The Avenue' to a six-way check. On their way to a bar check the frb's missed a large footpath sign in the adjacent hedge but it was soon On-on through St Nicholas churchyard and into 'Forster Country'.

With the intention of taking the steam out of the frb's before heading out into the sunlit uplands with magnificent views for miles around, a loop was marked around some up market houses. However, either the local kids or fairies must have been out bent on wrong footing the pack and scattering them in all directions and getting them lost. (After the ear-bashing, the next day I took my Rent-a-Dog out to check the clearly marked loop - all was OK but the fairies must have cleared up their false trails).

Only a few made it into 'Forster Country' and actually found the ON INN but all made it back to the pub including those who pick up what must have been an old H5 trail going via Lister Hospital.

Conclusion - on of the worst trails Dead Meat and I have ever laid - far too sophisticated.

The moral of the story - You can't rely on two old 60+ walking only hashers to hare from the rear.

ONON - Pongo & Dead Meat